Meet Our Staff

Lyn Mulcahy

Studio Owner/Dance Instructor

Lyn Mulcahy began her early dance training at Barbara Lynnes School of Dance in Elida. She went on to further her education by receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in dance education and minor in physical education from Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green she was a four year company member of the University Performing Dancers and also an instructor for Bowling Green State University in the children’s programs and director of dance for the Bowling Green City Parks. Miss Lyn twice attended Harvard Summer Dance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has choreographed for many local events including Allen County Junior Miss Program and rehearsal instructor for the Great Russian Nutcracker, Dayton Ballet Nutcracker and Broadway touring performance of The Wizard of Oz. Miss Lyn and Miss Gillian are working together as Artist in Residence at Marimor School for their seventh school year. This is the sixth year Miss Lyn and Miss Liz are working with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Youth Dance Program. This is a national project designed to educated students about drug prevention through the arts. They are working with 5th-6th grade students from North Middle School. Miss Lyn is very excited to be celebrating her 26th dance season!  Miss Lyn and Miss Liz will are partnering with the Moscow Ballet for the December 2018 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker in Lima, Ohio.

 

Liz Howard

Director Of  Instruction/Dance Instructor

Liz Cozad is celebrating her 17th year with Lyn’s Academy of Dance. After graduating Wright State University with a bachelor degree in dance performance, she began her career teaching at Lyn’s Academy of Dance and with Dayton Ballet’s professional school. While at Wright State University she also trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and numerous faculty from Dayton’s major dance companies. For eight years Liz was the director of dance at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp, America’s premier sleep away camp for girls. This is the sixth year Miss Liz and Miss Lyn are working with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Youth Dance Program. This is a national project designed to educated students about drug prevention through the arts. They are working with 5th and 6th grade students from North Middle School in Lima, Ohio. Miss Liz is also Director of the dance department at Ohio Northern University in the dance department. Miss Liz choreographed for our competition teams this season and won the highest awards for her choreography and her dancer’s technique.  Miss Lyn and Miss Liz will are partnering with the Moscow Ballet for the December 2018 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker in Lima, Ohio.  Miss Liz is also pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Saint Mary’s College of California.

 

Gillian Cox

Director Of Business/Dance Instructor

Gillian Kales is a former Lyn’s Academy of Dance dancer and a  year ten member of our teaching staff. Miss Gillian is an excellent dance instructor for dancers of all ages! Her competition choreography won high awards this competition season. Miss Gillian and Miss Lyn are also the teaching artists for Very Special Arts Ohio (VSAO), this is their seventh year of working with students from Marimor School. They partner with the classroom teacher to enhance teaching and learning through an arts integrated residence and curriculum. Their year of teaching at Marimor was highlighted with a Christmas dance performance and a season ending performance at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima.  Miss Gillian is also a founding member of Dance Prodigy Competition, a local dance competition making its second debut at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima Ohio on February 24, 2019.  Miss Gillian is an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher.  In July 2016 she completed her training and certification in this program which is designed to teach dance educators how to safely and effectively instruct AcroDance in the dance studio.

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Crista Howard

Director of Competition/Dance Instructor

Crista Warrington is an energetic and creative dance instructor with an impressive background. Miss Crista began her dance training at 3 years old and quickly developed a strong love for the art of dance. She is the Competition Director for Lyn’s Academy of Dance and has taught competition dance classes since 2001. This season her choreography won 1st place at Cathy Roe and Nexstar Dance Competitions and numerous high accolades at all the competitions! She has an extensive background in competition dance performance and choreography. Her dance training includes jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, ballet and modern dance. After graduating from Lima Central Catholic High School, Crista went on to dance in two shows at Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Miss Crista is also a founding member of Dance Prodigy Competition, a local dance competition making its second debut at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima Ohio on February 24, 2019.  Miss Crista is also the cheerleading coach at Lima Central Catholic High School

 

Colleen Kesner

Dance Instructor

Colleen began her dance training at Lyn’s Academy of Dance in Elida and The Dance Centre’ in Wapakoneta.

Colleen holds a degree in dance performance/ choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She has danced with Michigan’s only tap and jazz company, InSync’ Dance Theater with whom she performed in Chicago Tap Theater’s “Tidings of Tap” as a guest artist.

Colleen has worked with American Dance Training Camps in Chicago and Wisconsin as a contemporary instructor and assistant director. She has experience teaching with several dance studios in Ohio including Lyn’s Academy of Dance, Kim Hohman’s DanceWorks and of course, Seven Dance Academy. She worked as the director of Lima Senior High school’s dance program before moving to the Columbus area in the fall of 2012. Colleen has also taught with Very Special Arts Ohio, a grant program that brings dance into schools for the developmentally disabled. Colleen enjoys working with students of all ages and levels.

Colleen has a vast background in competition choreography and judging. She has judged for 3 years with OnPoint National Talent Competition, “America’s Ultimate Competition”.

In 2010 Colleen assisted in the founding of Seven Dance Company.

We are so excited to have Miss Colleen back at Lyn’s Academy of Dance!

 

Riley Smith

Dance Instructor

Lyn’s Academy of Dance welcomes our studio alumni Riley Smith to our teaching staff. Riley is a freshman at The University of Findlay.  Miss Riley studied dance at Lyn’s Academy of Dance for 16 years.  She was an award winning competition dancer, receiving the highest awards.

We are so lucky to have Miss Riley join our teaching staff!